Unwrap Your Candies Now

Get Up Close With Bernadette Peters And Discover Houston’s Early Music Scene

Bernadette Peters chats about her life and career. Plus, a harpsichordist, bassist and gambist stop by to talk about the Houston Early Music Festival.

  • Society for the Performing Arts presents Bernadette Peters; Houston Early Music Festival presents Les Délices (Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles and Houston Early Music Festival)
    Society for the Performing Arts presents Bernadette Peters; Houston Early Music Festival presents Les Délices (Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles and Houston Early Music Festival)
  • Bernadette Peters (Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles)
    Bernadette Peters (Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles)
  • Deborah Dunham, Executive Director of Houston Early Music (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    Deborah Dunham, Executive Director of Houston Early Music (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
  • Les Délices will perform the concert "Intoxicated: A Medieval Sensory Experience" as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 15, 7:30pm at Palmer Episcopal Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    Les Délices will perform the concert "Intoxicated: A Medieval Sensory Experience" as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 15, 7:30pm at Palmer Episcopal Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
  • Mercury's Jonathan Godfrey, violin, and Mario Aschauer, fortepiano, will perform  sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 7, 7:30pm at MATCH. (Photo Credit: BEND Productions)
    Mercury's Jonathan Godfrey, violin, and Mario Aschauer, fortepiano, will perform sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 7, 7:30pm at MATCH. (Photo Credit: BEND Productions)
  • Antoine Plante, Artistic Director of Mercury (Photo Credit: BEND Productions)
    Antoine Plante, Artistic Director of Mercury (Photo Credit: BEND Productions)
  • American Baroque Opera Co. performs as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 9, 7:30pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    American Baroque Opera Co. performs as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 9, 7:30pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
  • La Speranza performs the concert "Unbridled Elegance" as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 14, 7:30pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of La Speranza)
    La Speranza performs the concert "Unbridled Elegance" as part of the Houston Early Music Festival on November 14, 7:30pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of La Speranza)
  • Matthew Dirst, Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, will perform as harpischordist on the concert "Semper Fantasticus" on November 10, 5pm at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    Matthew Dirst, Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, will perform as harpischordist on the concert "Semper Fantasticus" on November 10, 5pm at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
  • Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock will perform on Ars Lyrica Houston's concert "Semper Fantasticus" on November 10, 5pm at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock will perform on Ars Lyrica Houston's concert "Semper Fantasticus" on November 10, 5pm at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
  • Viola da gambist Mary Springfels will perform on Ars Lyrica Houston's concert "Semper Fantasticus" on November 10, 5pm at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    Viola da gambist Mary Springfels will perform on Ars Lyrica Houston's concert "Semper Fantasticus" on November 10, 5pm at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
  • Bach Society Houston presents Bach's "The Art of the Fugue" prepared for organ by Rick Erickson, combined with interpretive dance by New York's SYREN Dance Company on November 17, 6pm at Christ The King Lutheran Church, as part of the Houston Early Music Festival. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)
    Bach Society Houston presents Bach's "The Art of the Fugue" prepared for organ by Rick Erickson, combined with interpretive dance by New York's SYREN Dance Company on November 17, 6pm at Christ The King Lutheran Church, as part of the Houston Early Music Festival. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Early Music Festival)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse interviews Broadway superstar and stage legend Bernadette Peters, who performs in Houston on November 2 at Jones Hall presented by Society for the Performing Arts.

Then, Catherine Lu previews the 7th Annual Houston Early Music Festival, November 7 – 17. She finds out about the city's early music scene, uniqueness of historical instruments and upcoming festival concerts from Houston Early Music Executive Director Deborah Dunham, Ars Lyrica Houston Artistic Director Matthew Dirst and Mercury Houston Artistic Director Antoine Plante. The festival also features American Baroque Opera Co., Bach Society Houston, La Speranza, Piping Rock Singers and Viols of Houston.

Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

Music used: Bernadette Peters – Fever, Ars Lyrica Houston – Heart & Soul and Mercury – L'estro Armonico

 

This article is part of the Unwrap Your Candies Now podcast

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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